Greg Monroe, Georgetown. 21 points, 14 rebounds and six assists vs. Rutgers. Anytime someone is listed as a center and decides to continue their hoops education at G-Town fans can imagine Ewing, Mourning, et al. looking down from Mt. Rushmore in judgement. Surely they are nodding their heads in approval after the latest in line turned in an excellent all-around performance. Remember that the Hoyas collapsed last season following one of their best starts in history. With Monroe putting up numbers like these there won't be another collapse.
Jerome Dyson, Connecticut. 32 points, three rebounds and three assists vs. Texas. UConn went up against the soon-to-be-dethroned Longhorns needing a win to keep their name in tournament discussion. Mission accomplished. While the Huskies have gotten more attention for their front-line play Dyson is the guy they look to when they need a big score or two. He delivered and sent Longhorn nation into temporary panic.
Dominique Jones and Anatoly Bose, South Florida and Nicholls State. Combined 92 points and 23 rebounds vs. Providence and Northwestern State. Normally I don't recognize small-school players whose teams lose except when they put up 46 points. Jones is a diamond in the South Florida rough while Bose should join Ronnie Price as the two Nicholls State alums plying their trade in the NBA. I doubt many people watched these efforts but they should try to scan YouTube for highlights of this dynamic duo.
Oklahoma State. Much like UConn the Cowboys needed a big week after starting 1-2 in the Big 12. A win against Colorado wasn't surprising but going into Little Manhattan and knocking off the scorching-hot Kansas State Wildcats was. James Anderson dropped 30 to lead the way and put the Cowboys back into Dance consideration.
Oakland. The Golden Grizzlies have gotten blown out against every Power Six conference opponent but must have taken something away from those experiences as they have won nine in a row and are undefeated in Summit Conference play. They will be considered the heavy favorite in their conference tournament and have taken over consistent top-dog status from Oral Roberts.
I watched the post-game press conference following Kentucky's domination of Arkansas. Razorback point guard Courtney Fortson was asked how it felt to get dominated. At every single post-game press conference some reporter asks one of these players how it feels to lose.
First of all, kudos to the players and coaches who handle this question with dignity and don't drop a bunch of f-bombs, which is probably what they really feel. Second, do any of you genius reporters honestly think you're going to discover some new emotion by asking this inane question? Is somebody going to say "I feel awesome. Nothing like a good butt-kicking to put a smile on my face."?
No wonder Bob Knight hated dealing with the press.
With that off my chest, here's the latest Top 40: